Greetings, Poetry Lovers - and,
HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
I'm embarking on a new adventure, I PAUSE FOR POEMS. My teacher-daughter Morgan, like many of you and others across the country, is seeking more online content than usual for students during these challenging weeks.
So I grabbed a good-natured husband, and the new-ish iPhone my kids made me get, and took off outdoors, books in hand. Then I solicited some long-distance guitar magic from son Seth. And then I went hunting for that video channel on YouTube I'd "claimed" a million years ago.... And then I watched some generous tutorials. [These have greatly helped but certainly haven't smoothed out all my glitches and imperfections, but here we go anyway!]
Each weekday in April, I'll share a new short video featuring me reading one of my published poems. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, these will be poems for children. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, these will be even shorter videos featuring a haiku suitable for children.
The first foray, pictured above, is my reading of "Sincerely," (©2015 by Robyn Hood Black/©2015 by Pomelo Books) which appears in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS as well as in HERE WE GO and GREAT MORNING, all from POMELO BOOKS by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
Thanks to my family for helping, to teachers for teaching, and to everyone who makes poems and books. Each April, the magnificent Jama Kim Rattigan rounds up special National Poetry Month projects throughout the Kidlitosphere (with help from Mr. Cornelius, I am certain.) You can find her list at Jama's Alphabet Soup.
To follow my poem video adventures, here's a link to my YouTube channel.
Thanks for tagging along, and here's to a soul-nourishing Poetry Month!
(Note - Children under the age of 13 may only comment with demonstrated parental consent. Thank you.)